Fine Arts News

List of 5 news stories.

  • Candlelight Service

    Sunday, December 9, 5:00 p.m.
    The Church of St. John the Divine
    Doors open at 4:30 p.m.; Prelude begins at 4:45 p.m.

    For over seventy years, the St. John’s community has come together at the Church of St. John the Divine to celebrate the winter holiday by listening to wonderful music and enjoying heart-warming fellowship. With over 300 students involved, this family celebration has become a major event for the entire school community.

    The service includes a procession of choirs, seasonal hymns accompanied by organ and orchestra, spiritual readings by students and faculty, an address by Reverend Ned Mulligan, and performances by the St. John’s choirs and Chamber Strings. This year, the choirs will perform How Far Is It to Bethlehem by Molly James, Snow Angel by Sarah Quartel, Winter Dreams by Pink Zebra, A La Nanita Nana arranged by Ruth Elaine Schram, Glow by Eric Whitacre, and In Terra Pax by Gerald Finzi. As is our tradition, the service will close with Wonderful Peace by Gustav Nordqvist, sung by choristers surrounding the congregation and illuminated only by candlelight.

    To assist in the success of the evening, the School asks that audience members refrain from saving seats and standing in the aisles. The Taub, Middle School, and Senior Lots will be open as well as the parking garage, with limited parking on the North Campus. All open parking areas will be staffed by security. The Sanctuary doors will open at 4:30 p.m. If your family has special seating needs, please contact Bill McDonald at

    If you cannot attend but would like to experience the performance, St. John’s will live-stream the event at The live stream video also will be available after the service for viewing at any time.

    Following the Candlelight Service, head over to Flores Hall in the Campus Center for the Wassail Party. Enjoy cookies and punch while listening to the holiday jazz stylings of the Upper School Jazz Band, featuring White Christmas, All I Want for Christmas Is You, and Feliz Navidad. Step outside into the Alcove to hear carols like Santa Claus Is Coming to Town, Deck the Halls, and The Christmas Song sung by Kantorei and conducted by student director Gray Watson.

    We look forward to seeing you and thank you for your help in what promises to be a wonderful gathering.
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  • Fall Piano Recitals

    Saturday, December 1, 1:00 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.
    Lowe Theater

    Our Fall Piano Recitals will showcase SJS piano students who have prepared pieces for solo performance. Combined, our performances will offer a wide variety of music from different stylistic periods. Each recital will feature about 40 individual musicians ranging from Elementary through Advanced levels. In addition to private instruction, recital preparation includes various group and partner lessons. These ancillary sessions offer the students a cooperative learning environment purposed to refine practice strategies, memory, and performance skills.

    The SJS community is warmly invited to attend and support these students in the culmination of their hard work this semester. Please contact Rachel Yarborough ( for detailed information, including student performance lists for each of the recitals.
    Please click here to learn more about our program and how your student can become involved!
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  • Upper School Student Choreography Showcase (STUCHO)

    Friday, December 7, 7:00 p.m.
    Lowe Theater

    The Student Choreography Showcase, known as “STUCHO,” is a student-produced dance concert is in its eleventh year. Each year it gets better and better. This year, there are thirteen participants in the student choreography showcase. These choreographers are responsible for selecting their music, dancers, and costumes, as well as organizing rehearsal schedules.

    The student choreographers also will be working through the adjudication process, which will take place on Tuesday, November 6. They will present their work-in-progress and receive constructive feedback from the adjudicators. This year we welcome back adjudicators Peggy Hinojosa and Amy Blake. Hinojosa is a former dancer with the San Francisco Ballet and a former TUTS faculty member who currently teaches and sets choreography throughout the Houston area. Amy Blake is the Owner and Director of Amy Blake’s Dance Academy located in Friendswood and has danced in the Houston area for years as a professional dancer.

    This year’s student choreographers are Olivia Doan and Catherine Lu, Sarah Hill, Catherine Huang, Athena Adrogué, Yukiko Chevray, Connie Yu, Mira Thakur and Allison Biegel, Karli Fisher, Angela Whittle, Bailey Maierson, and Lauren Schwartz. They will be joined by the following dancers: Lena McZeal, Eliot Aiman, Dian Yu, Thalie Waters, Mckenna Grabowski, and dancers from Terpsichore and Caprice III. This year’s choreographers will present works from different styles of dance such as hip-hop, jazz, contemporary, and lyrical.

    New this year, Johnnycake members will participate in a lighting workshop like the student choreographers taught by Edgar Guajardo, one of Houston’s top lighting designers for dance and theater. Johnnycake’s lighting designers will work to incorporate the mood the choreographer is trying to convey for the dance into their lighting design on stage. During production week, the choreographers, dancers, and lighting designers will spend many hours working to fine tune the show. Dance faculty member Dorrell Martin oversees and advises on all aspects of the student choreography process.

    Come and enjoy these talented young choreographers as they express their artistry through dances and lighting designers.
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  • Fall Wind Concert

    Thursday, November 15, 7:00 p.m.
    Lowe Theatre

    Please join us for the Fall Wind Concert on Thursday, November 15, at 7:00 p.m. in the Lowe Theatre. The concert will feature the Middle School Intermediate Band, the Middle School Jazz Band, the Upper School Wind Ensemble, and the Upper School Jazz Band. Enjoy a wide variety of music in various styles, including the theme from Mission Impossible by Peter Gunn and numerous pop tunes from artists such as Bon Jovi, Adele, and Journey. It will be a wonderful evening of music!
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  • Fall Upper School Play: Bus Stop

    In the middle of a howling snowstorm, a bus out of Kansas City pulls up at a cheerful roadside diner. All roads are blocked, and the weary travelers are going to have to hole up until morning. Through the course of the night, romances are explored, fists are swung, friendship is tested, and the human condition is explored in this most famous of liminal spaces and American plays—Bus Stop.

    The cast includes Travis Bouchard, Pierce Glanville, Alex Ham, Anna-William Kornberg, Zachary Lawyer, Meridian Monthy, Marina Ring, and Gray Watson, with performances on Friday, November 9, and Saturday, November 10, at 7:30 pm. General admission seating is $13. Click here to purchase tickets online.
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